Happy New Year (Chinese New Year)

Chinese New Year.

Chinese New Year (or generally referred to as  Lunar New Year  globally) is the Chinese festival that celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional  Chinese calendar . The festival is usually referred to as the  Spring Festival  in mainland  China , and is one of several  Lunar New Years  in Asia.

Observances traditionally take place from the evening preceding the first day of the year to the  Lantern Festival , held on the 15th day of the year. The first day of Chinese New Year begins on the new moon that appears between 21 January and 20 February.In 2019, the first day of the Chinese New Year was on Tuesday, 5 February, initiating the  Year of the Pig.

Chinese New Year is a major holiday in  Greater China  and has strongly influenced  lunar new year  celebrations of China’s neighbouring cultures, including the  Korean New Year  (seol), the  Tết  of Vietnam, and the  Losar  of Tibet. It is also celebrated worldwide in regions and countries with significant  Overseas Chinese  populations, including  Singapore , Indonesia ,  Malaysia ,  Myanmar ,  Thailand ,  Cambodia , the  Philippines , and  Mauritius , as well as many in North America and Europe.

Chinese New Year is associated with several myths and customs. The festival was traditionally a time to honour  deities  as well as ancestors.Within China, regional customs and traditions concerning the celebration of the New Year vary widely,and the evening preceding Chinese New Year’s Day is frequently regarded as an occasion for Chinese families to gather for the annual  reunion dinner . It is also traditional for every family to thoroughly clean their house, in order to sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for incoming good luck. Another custom is the decoration of windows and doors with red  paper-cuts  and  couplets .

Popular themes among these paper-cuts and couplets include that of  good fortune or happiness, wealth, and longevity. Other activities include lighting firecrackers and giving money in  red paper envelopes . For the northern regions of China,  dumplings  are featured prominently in celebrating the festival. It often serves as the first meal of the year either at mid-night or as breakfast of the first day.

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